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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 622-3

Renal angiomyolipoma, a diagnostic dilemma : a case report.


Department of Pathology, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Sri Amritsar

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D Singh
Department of Pathology, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Sri Amritsar

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Angiomyolipomas are the most common benign mesenchymal tumours of the kidney. Most of the angiomyolipomas in adults are asymptomatic and discovered incidentally. We report a case in a symptomatic 55 yrs old male who had a huge retroperitoneal mass abdomen and in whom diagnosis and organ of origin remained unclear until operation and histopathological study was performed. Radiological and fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) report of a malignant retroperitoneal tumour was given, but histological examination of the respective tumorous mass showed a benign renal tumour - angiomyolipoma. Our emphasis by reporting this case is to make cytopathologists and radiologists aware of such kind of diagnostic pitfall encountered while reporting retroperitoneal masses.


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